The BEST JUSTICE is RESTORATIVE JUSTICE so we build bridges between all people touched by crime and trauma, invoking healing, restoration and reconciliation.
The Full Story
As a leader working with at-risk and justice involved people, we are committed to the safety of our communities by ensuring that those at-risk or re-entering from prison and jail have quality, evidence based services and pathways to advance economically and socially. Our highly trained staff are a conduit of change, providing the container and mirror for people to examine themselves, implement new concepts and improve their personal outcomes. Whether we are providing housing, evidenced based services or training for your staff, rest assured that we will provide a comprehensive experience.
Restorative Justice is foundational to our program purposes and design. We believe that as a community we are better together, and that at-risk and the formerly incarcerated can add great value to our communities and society as a whole.
We are committed to the continuum of public safety through appropriate, evidence based programming that reduces risk and improves personal outcomes. We believe all people deserve a second chance, which is foundational to resiliency and restoration.
While we are not a faith based program, per se, we are people of faith and believe that God is at the center of all we do and that Gods Plans Succeed. We believe hope and love are the spiritual foundations to a healthy future.
What really makes GPS Social Enterprises, great is our incredible team. Passionate, experienced, talented and friendly, we truly have the best of the best. Get to know the people behind the business, who are dedicated to transforming community one life at a time.
President / CEO
After 20+ years in the public sector working in the field inside correctional facilities, community based programs and re-entry programs, Maggi established GPS Social Enterprises with the intent to fill the gaps that directly impact the community. As a motivated, results-oriented collaborator, Maggi is driven to provide results that have a lasting impact for the individuals, families, and community. Maggi's commitment to the people from life's hard places and her love to see people transformed is what drives her to be a leader for change.
Retired from a career at the California Youth Authority, Michael Harris has a unique ability to reach at risk and justice involved youth. After growing up in South Central Los Angeles, Michael was a scholar athlete at Purdue University. He was drafted and played in the NFL for several years and the USFL for several more, Michael retired from playing football and began a 25+ year career at the CYA, retiring as a Captain. His passion to reach youth and assist them has never wavered. He is proud of the accomplishments of his children and the youth he has impacted.
Jill Weston is a seasoned professional facilitator and has joined our team to enhance our staff development offerings. Retired from the California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation, Jill's background includes a long list of assignments that utilized her training skills, most notably as Lieutenant and Parole Agent 2 in Victim Services. Jill understands trauma and its impact on behavior, opening her own yoga studio called "Breathing Space" in Elk Grove. Jill brings a calming presence and seasoned skills to expand the tool box of even the most skilled teachers and staff.
Joel Ramos has mentored youth for over 10 years in Sacramento. His passion and heart to meet youth where they are at and change their trajectory is what drives him to go above and beyond. As a youth, Joel's role models were all involved in gangs and drugs. As such, he was lead into that lifestyle and spent many years following their footsteps. As a young adult, Joel made a decision to separate and live a God-honoring life. Youth are at the center of his life's calling and he works feverishly to assist them to escape the dangers of gangs and drugs.
Joseph Stinson is a man on a mission. He is a change agent in Sacramento in the community of South Sacramento. After God got a hold of him while incarcerated, Joseph dedicated himself to doing life differently. Once a gang leader, Joseph is now committed to living a life of love and service, and leading youth into wholeness. Joseph puts his money where his mouth is and runs several sober living homes that helps men become all they can be. His commitment is demonstrated in all that he does and we are fortunate to have him as part of the GPS team.
Bernard Araiza is a native Sacramentan who has had his own transformative experience while incarcerated. He began the journey of healing and self-discovery, and wanted to be the man God created him to be. An experienced facilitator, Bernard now works to show youth the way out and up as an alternative to hustling and crime. Bernard's heart and compassion to reach the youth is what drives him to give back to his community and help transform lives.